I will be very honest with you — there are few feelings that I consider as absolutely skin-crawlingly disgusting as wearing a full, heavy face of makeup during the summer. There are loads of people that make it work and by all means more power to them but alas, I am not one of them. The easiest (and most obvious) way to go would to just forgo makeup during the sun-scorching months but am I ever one for easy? Not particularly.
I like having some makeup on as it makes me feel like I’ve got some part of my life together but in the summer, I just struggle with finding the will to put anything on my face for fear of it all sliding off a minute later. Living in Georgia means that during the summer, my makeup doesn’t stand a chance. It’s so hot and humid out, the second I step outside I’m overheated and sweaty. Despite the deterrents from Mother Nature, in June I made it my mission to create a uniform if you will, for my face. I’m a creature of habit, so the idea of not switching out my makeup bag for three months sounded like music to my routine-loving soul. I gathered a few basics that gave me some flexibility but still allowed me to create the same general look every day with no fuss.
I decided not to include the first two products I use every day because they fit under the umbrella of skincare instead of makeup. Before anything goes on my face, I apply my day moisturizer (calling my forever fave Clinique Moisture Surge) and a redness neutralizer (Dr. Jart+’s Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment). Once those dry, I begin with my base products. My go-to combo has been the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint and Stretch Concealer. I purchased both of these back in March after a lot of um-ing and ah-ing and while the products do have some faults, overall, I’ve enjoyed using them. They give me a very lowly and light base which doesn’t fight against sweat but also doesn’t suffer because of it. On very quick and minimal days I’ll just whack the concealer on all over my face to give me a little something.
For power, which I find essential during the summer, I’ve been religiously using the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette for well over six months. I know these powders aren’t setting powders by any means but I find that they do help mattify a bit of the glowlyness from my base. I don’t worry about trying to set my base because it’s just futile and I can’t be bothered. Unnecessary effort. I usually gravitate towards Dim Light (farthest to the left) because it gives me a lovely blur and adds just a slight color to my skin. Gotta get that glow, ya know. For my contour and highlight, I’ve been obsessed with the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar palette in Light. I lusted over this duo for so long and around Christmas, I decided to have a little splurge and bite the bullet. I can’t recommend it enough, from packaging to product, everything is stunning.
Eyes + Brows
Moving into eyes and brows, I fall into the whack it on and go kind of category. I don’t like anything that takes too long or is too fiddly. I rarely put more than one eyeshadow on anymore, I stick to an all-over color and then maybe I’ll put a bit of a darker shadow along my lash line if I’m feeling some type of way. My go-to palette has been the Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat. I considered getting the full-sized but to be very honest, I just prefer the shades and size of the mini. There were many shades in the full palette that I wasn’t drawn to so I figured I’d save some money (for once) and go small.
For my brows, I accept my role as a basic bitch who adores the Glossier Brow Boy. I’ve used it non-stop for over a year and long story short, it’s the shit. When I’m in a serious no makeup mood but my face just isn’t playing along with that idea, one of the few products I’ll put on is this lovely little brow gel. It keeps all of my snaggly little hairs in place while giving my brows a pinch of color. If I need a bit more color and shape, I’ll turn to my Lorac Pro palette (which is not pictured because I smashed the mirror and it looks like an absolute mess). There’s a dark brown shade “Espresso” that works perfectly for filling my brows.
My last step is my mascara, which is the only product that changes out descending on my mood. I’ve mostly been reaching for the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (talk about a cult favorite) but I also change that out of the NARS Climax mascara every once and a while. I do love both products but I won’t lie to you and say that I am on the hunt for some new mascaras. I’m desperate to try out something new and amazing.
And that’s it! Eight pieces that I’m constantly reaching for and satisfy all of my summer makeup needs. Since it’s only eight products, I’m quite confused as to why my makeup bag is akin to a bowling ball in weight but it’s fine, everything’s fine. Since the rest of August is going to be brutal in heat and humidity (there isn’t enough money in the world to make me spend time outside right now) I’ll be putting this makeup to the test.
Fingers crossed I don’t turn into a muddy little puddle.